Sermon Notes: Gates
Numbers 35: 15 (AMP)
15 These six cities shall be a refuge for the Israelites and for the stranger and the resident alien among them; so that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may escape there,
A city of refuge had gates
A city of refuge was a place where somebody could flee to for safety. You see, the law in Israel stated that if you killed somebody in wartime, or if you unintentionally killed somebody (not for cases of pre-meditated murder) that the family of the dead person could avenge the blood of their relative without any legal action being taken against them. If the person who committed the "manslaughter" could get inside the city of refuge, then he would be granted safety and refuge as long as he remained in the city; but if he was to leave the city at any time, he was fair game for the revengers of blood. These cities of refuge had gates on them that were always unlocked 24/7. They could go there at any time!
Joab and Abishai had a brother named Asahel that was killed by Abner during a battle. Naturally, Joab and Abishai had never forgotten what Abner did to their brother, and even though the act was committed during a time of war, they wanted Abner to pay for their brother's death. The problem was, however, that they had to get him outside the gates of the city. Notice our text tells us that Joab pulls him aside, in the gate, to speak with him quietly (privately). But why would Abner willingly leave the protection of the city in order to speak with a man that wanted him dead? Because Joab had deceived him into thinking that he meant no harm. As soon as he gets him outside, however, he kills him.
Now let's make application. The city of refuge is a picture of being "in Christ"; and Joab is a picture of the devil. The devil cannot touch us directly as long as we are inside the walls of being "in Christ", so what he does is try to lure us out of the city so that he can kill our ministry for the Lord. The moral to the story is: stay inside the city, Stay "in Christ". Don't stray from God's perfect Wilf for your life. Don't let Satan convince you that life will be better outside of the walls of the city. Stay in the Word of God; stay in church; stay doing what God told you to do. Stay in the City!
Abner should of said n come in here". Once you get in Christ, STAY IN! Acts 16:31: I will be saved and my House! Everything's here in Christ: forgiveness, restoration, healing, peace, Jove, needs met.
Hell has gates - if people go to hell, they chose to go. Matthew
Matthew 16:18 (MSG)
Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who t really am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hen will be able to keep it out,
I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
Heaven has gates
Revelation 21:21 (AMP)
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each separate gaté was of one single pearl. And the steet (broad way) of the city was pure gold, like transparent crystal.
His presence has gates
Psalm 100:4 (AMP)
Enter His gates with a song ofthanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.
Samson pulled gates out
Judges 16:3 (NKJV)
3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
He put a wall in the place of the gates saying: "I am staying here, never to leave, not going back to what I used to be and to the old crowd!"
31 times in the New Testament it says we are "IN CHRIST".
Remove the gate and don't go back to what you used to be. Stay IN CHRIST!
Isaiah 60: 18 (AMP)
"Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will cal} your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise [to God].